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High Schools: Concord girls’ soccer team dominates previously undefeated Merrimack

  • Bishop Brady's Pat Bittman heads the ball past Fall Mountain's Matt Raymond in the game between the schools on September 19, 2013 at NHTI in Concord. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady's Pat Bittman heads the ball past Fall Mountain's Matt Raymond in the game between the schools on September 19, 2013 at NHTI in Concord.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Brett Michaud maneuvers around Fall Mountain's Isaac Bailey during the game between the schools on  September 19, 2013 at NHTI in Concord. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady's Brett Michaud maneuvers around Fall Mountain's Isaac Bailey during the game between the schools on September 19, 2013 at NHTI in Concord.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley walks off the field all smiles after defeating Goffstown  1-0 in the game on September 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley walks off the field all smiles after defeating Goffstown 1-0 in the game on September 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley's Emily Masse, center, moves the ball past Goffstown's Olivia St. Jean during the game between the schools on September 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley. The Pride won 1-0. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley's Emily Masse, center, moves the ball past Goffstown's Olivia St. Jean during the game between the schools on September 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley. The Pride won 1-0.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Pat Bittman heads the ball past Fall Mountain's Matt Raymond in the game between the schools on September 19, 2013 at NHTI in Concord. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady's Brett Michaud maneuvers around Fall Mountain's Isaac Bailey during the game between the schools on  September 19, 2013 at NHTI in Concord. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley walks off the field all smiles after defeating Goffstown  1-0 in the game on September 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley's Emily Masse, center, moves the ball past Goffstown's Olivia St. Jean during the game between the schools on September 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley. The Pride won 1-0. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

The Concord High girls’ soccer team entered yesterday’s home game against Merrimack thinking about beating the undefeated Tomahawks. What they ended up doing was much more than that – the Tide dominated them.

Concord’s forwards took advantage of scoring opportunities, the midfielders kept the Tomahawks (5-1-1) in their own end, and the defenders prevented any kind of pressure on Tide goalkeeper Becky Weld (seven saves) in a 4-0 drubbing of one of Division I’s best.

“This was a big win for us,” said Tide Coach Bill Nardino, whose team evened its record at 3-3. “We had them on their heels from the opening minute and we kept them there.”

It took a little while for Concord to get into a groove offensively, but once freshman Ellie Pope buried a pass from Kate Dasey into the net with 4:27 left in the first half, the goals kept coming. Only four minutes later, Rachel Stevenson assisted on a Claudia Roy goal to send the Tide into the half with a 2-0 lead.

Caroline Andy then assisted on goals by Danielle Rossetti and Adelaide Symmes in the second half to double the score.

“In other games we were moving the ball well, but we weren’t finishing, but I knew it was only a matter of time before things clicked. ... Today they did. We were very aggressive and dominated the middle of the field. Our backs won almost every ball,” said Nardino, who highlighted the play of midfielder Dasey, who “tore them apart with her passing and vision,” and center backs Molly Zollo and Bella Rubin, who anchored the back line for the entire 80 minutes.

Whenever Merrimack tried to counter Concord’s onslaught, the attacks were quickly cleared by the Tide defense and Weld handled the few balls that did break through, enabling Concord to earn its third shutout of the season, no small feat against a team that had averaged 3.7 goals a game prior to yesterday’s contest.

The Tide carries a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s home game against Nashua North (2-2-1).

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Milford 2, John Stark 0

The Generals (2-2-1) dominated throughout the game but couldn’t put any shots past Milford (1-5) and fell short.

Chloe Loos, Liz Brandt, Brooke Shatney and Liz Neal played well for John Stark.

Hopkinton 3, Campbell 1

Courtney Benson scored a hat trick and goalie Kasey Smith held off a Campbell surge to lift the Hawks (3-1-1) to a win on the road.

Benson scored a phenomenal goal in the 20th minute after being slide tackled, and added her second in the 31st minute after she took a pass from Sarah Ewing at the top of the 18-yard box.

Campbell (3-1-1) halved the 2-0 halftime deficit with a quick goal off of a volley, but Smith refused to allow another.

“Kasey played a great game, she made some tough saves. Campbell really wanted to score, but she kept things on point,” Hopkinton Coach Lauri Izzi said.

Benson completed her hat trick with 20 minutes to go, with Lily Scammon getting the assist. The combination of Benson and Scammon up front was extremely effective and was bolstered by Ewing in the midfield and solid defense from Tess Masci. Both teams had 11 shots.

“It was a great back-and-forth game,” Izzi added. “Campbell didn’t let up and we didn’t give up.”

Belmont 5, Kingswood 0

Cassie Contigiani (one assist) scored a hat trick and freshman Hannah Shirley scored her first varsity goal and added two assists to lead the Red Raiders to a win over a much improved Kingswood (0-7) team to remain undefeated at 7-0.

Belmont previously beat Kingswood, 8-0, in its third game of the season.

Freshman Kelsey Scott also contributed a goal and Anna Scott and Emily Ennis also played well. Emma and Sarah Chase (assist) both provided a spark off the bench.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Concord 1, Merrimack 0, OT

The Tide (4-1-1) couldn’t capitalize on scoring chances in regulation, but made quick work in overtime, scoring a goal five minutes in to defeat Merrimack (2-3) in a tight contest.

Chris Pinkham brought the ball in line to the near post and dropped a pass back to Trevor Devanny, who put away a shot from five yards out for the game-winner. Concord had three or four solid chances in the first 80 minutes, but all the shots went just wide or over the net.

Goalkeeper Andrew Grondin played “a very strong game” in goal, according to Coach Scott Dunlop, making nine saves against a powerful Merrimack counterattack. However, Concord’s back line was equally strong and midfielders Nick Dupree and captain Matt Chartier played well.

John Stark 4, Milford 0

The Generals (3-3-1) opened up the game in the second half, scoring three goals in a victory at home against winless Milford (0-6).

The Spartans tested John Stark keeper Mike Prindiville (four saves) with a couple of opportunities in the opening minutes before Josh Moring scored a goal (assisted by Isiah Lovering) in the 12th minute.

The Generals picked up their level of lay in the latter part of the game, with Jackson Easter and Ethan Rousch scoring goals and Cam Williams and Gregg Sawyer providing the assists. Tyler Caswell also scored on a penalty kick.

Brandon Dugay did a great job on defense shutting down Milford’s attack, enabling John Stark to earn its second consecutive shutout victory.

Belmont 2, Inter-Lakes 1

T.J. Hennessey scored a goal in the 12th minute and added an assist 30 seconds later to lift the Red Raiders (3-2-1) to a win at Inter-Lakes (3-3).

“T.J. was a difference-maker for us up top,” Coach Mike Foley said.

Nick Oakes assisted on Hennessey’s goal and Brad Cyr scored Belmont’s second goal. Joe Boles and Matt Leclair had an outstanding game on both ends of the field and keeper Andrew Spaulding had three saves.

Kearsarge 4, Mascoma 0

Andrew Van Hooydonk scored two second-half goals and assisted on the Cougars’ opening tally, leading Kearsarge (4-1-1) to its fourth consecutive win against Mascoma (1-6).

Persistence and patience were the keys to victory, according to Cougars Coach Rob Ragazzo, whose team overcame a slow start before breaking the deadlock in the 23rd minute. Jacob Donovan had the opening goal and Bobby Lauster’s strike in the 39th minute (assisted by Nick Bailey) gave Kearsarge a 2-0 halftime lead. Lauster also assisted on Van Hooydonk’s first goal 10 minutes into the second half.

Mike Sullivan made four saves to Kearsarge’s first shutout of the season, which was also made possible by the play of Reed Bell and Karver Bosela in the central defense.

FIELD HOCKEY

Windham 8,
Bishop Brady 0

Windham (5-0) took 26 penalty corners, putting the Green Giants (1-5) on defense for much of the game. Bishop Brady goalie Jess Russel made 18 saves, including one of the two penalty strokes she faced.

GOLF

Bishop Brady first

Jack Bryck, normally the Green Giants’ No. 6 player, came up big to help Brady to a match-winning score of 206, besting Hollis-Brookline (211) and Con-Val (226) at Crotched Mountain Golf Club.

Bryck shot a 40 to come in tied for second on the team, behind only Alex Von Svoboda’s 39. Alex Thompson (40), Nick Vermette (42) and Brendan Bryck (45) also scored for Brady, which improved to 10-4.

“He came through,” Brady Coach Ken Gauthier said of Jack Bryck. “I thought we were in trouble until he came in.”

Con-Val’s Sam Cody shot a 2-under to win medalist honors. Hollis moves to 7-9 while Con-Val falls to 1-10.

John Stark second

John Stark scored 258, defeating Kennett (266) but falling short to Kingswood (238) at Kingswood Country Club. The Generals were led by Zack Hellings, who shot a 44. Andrew McCall of Kingswood shot a 41 to capture the medalist honors. John Stark moves to 5-11, while Kingswood improves to 9-3 and Kennett falls to 3-9.

Merrimack Valley Third

The Pride (1-11) had a rough day at Carter Country Club, shooting a 261 to finish well behind winner Goffstown (215) and runner-up Lebanon (216).

Griffin Barbaro of Goffstown shot a 40 to claim medalist honors.

Jess Demers (48), Matt Gilliland (50), Glenn Shattuck (53), Joe Doughty (53) and Brandon Desilets (54) scored for MV.

Bow first, Kearsarge third

The Falcons (11-0) shot a 160 to beat Pelham (168), Kearsarge (177) and Mascenic (181).

Bow’s Doug Champange was the medalist, shooting a 36. Jake Rand (38), Jeremy Duhamel (41) and freshman Colin Plumb (45) also scored for the Falcons.

Andy Arnold led the way for Kearsarge (5-5) with a 38. Lucas Muzzey (39), Laura Rodgers (48) and Bailey Kane (52) rounded out the Courgars’ scorers.

Pelham is now 6-3, while Mascenic falls to 7-3.

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